Campa Cola compound: New Year brings new hopes for residents
Homeowners signed an undertaking promising to vacate their homes by May 31; they also filed an application in the SC asking to be heard, based on the evidence of fines collected by the BMC
Campa Cola residents are up and about in the New Year with a new zest. Yesterday, they signed an undertaking following the Supreme Court, in which they have legally promised to vacate their flats by May 31, 2014. The SC had given them a deadline of December 31 to hand in the undertaking. If it was not met, the Court had given the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) the right to take action against Campa Cola society.
Meanwhile, they also launched a fresh approach to get their homes regularised. Residents have filed a new application in the Supreme Court, asking their case to be heard. This time, they have produced evidences of the builders having paid fines. The BMC, despite having collected the penalty amounts, did not legalise the flats. Society members claim they have proof in writing, which says that the BMC had promised to give a ‘legal’ status to the building, once the fines were paid.
A resident of the building, on request of anonymity, said, “We have also met the deadline of the court and have submitted the undertaking as per the order. However, we have also applied to the court after collating legal evidence, which, we hope, will help get our homes back. We are hopeful we will get justice.”
Nandini Mehta, a resident of Campa Cola, said, “We are law-abiding citizens and we have met our deadline of December 31 and submitted the undertaking. We are hopeful that 2014 comes with good luck and we get our homes as our permanent residences.” The court has set two dates January 6 and January 20 for hearing the application.